This warm apple crumble is baked with caramel topping, brown sugar and a hint of cinnamon then topped with a crumble of flour, butter, brown sugar and rolled oats.
Original review April '11: Great quick dessert. Mine took a little longer because I made my own caramel sauce but other than that, I followed the recipe exact. I like to use Granny Smith's in my crisps, I had nine smallish ones that were just enough for this crisp. I did add a little cinnamon and nutmeg to the topping at the last minute. I have a Kitchen Aid that I used for the topping, I just threw the dry ingredients in the mixer bowl, then my cubed cold butter and let my wisk attachment "cut" my butter into the dry ingredients. Absolutely divine, used on hand ingredients, was cheap to make and VERY soul-soothing to make/eat. I highly recommend you try making your own caramel sauce.......it really takes your dessert over the top. Edited 10/11: I've gotten several e-mails on how to make homemade caramel sauce. This is how I do mine. Mix a quarter cup of butter, one cup of brown sugar, half cup heavy cream OR evaporated milk (depending on what you have on hand), and a pinch of salt in a saucepan over medium low heat. Cook until thick, about seven minutes. You can usually tell, it looks caramel-y. Add a tablespoon of vanilla and cook another minute longer to thicken just a touch more. Pour into a bowl and let it cool a bit before using. - 09 Apr 2011 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
So easy it should be criminal! Like another reviewer, I made my own caramel sauce, which was also super easy (see below). I bumped the cinnamon to 1t, added a touch of allspice and nutmeg, and 1t vanilla to the apple & caramel mixture. I didn't have quick cooking oats so I just used old-fashioned rolled oats, and they gave a nice texture to the topping. This will be my go-to apple crisp recipe. Thanks so much for sharing! For the caramel sauce: Melt 1/2C butter (1 stick) over medium heat, whisk in 1C brown sugar, then whisk in 1/4C milk. When smooth, bring to boil then remove from heat. Yeah, that's all there is to it! - 17 Sep 2011 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
Delicious! This is perfect for when you have a dessert craving and need something that's easy to put together with ingredients you have on hand. I used Granny Smith apples and added 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts to the "topping" along with a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg for good measure. This smelled wonderful while baking and tasted even better! And, it was fabulous with vanilla ice cream topped with a bit of whipped cream- YUM! - 13 Apr 2011 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)